Carbon dioxide within the Earth’s atmosphere is increasing at an alarming rate. For some people, believing in climate change is difficult because they cannot see the odourless and colourless gas increasing. The only way it has been documented is through the melting of the ice caps and glaciers on earth.
NASA knows how important it is to address this drastic problem that the world is facing and have found a way to document the movement of the gas in and above the Earth’s atmosphere. The concentration of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere depends on human activity such as burning fossil fuels and the movement and change happens throughout seasons.
NASA has developed an observation system where the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) satellite can create a 3-D model of the earth’s surface and catch movements of the gas based on emissions. The system has been in development since 2014 and now is able to document the concentration and behaviour of Carbon in the atmosphere.
The process involves a supercomputer project which can combine images from satellites and give alarming realistic images based on a sophisticated model of the Earth’s surface. The visualization involves works like a graph where the gas can be detected by different colours which show the intensity and movement of the gas simultaneously.
The movement has been documented from September 2014 till September 2015 and has shown remarkable high resolution results to study the Earth. People on Earth know less about their own planet as compared to the stars and other galaxies. Since climate change has become an extremely important and global issue, NASA has made it their top priority to show the people of Earth what they are doing to it.
The Earth’s atmosphere needs to be studied because this will ultimately predict the future climate and temperature of the Earth. There have been recent heavy weather changes in South Asia and Northern Parts of the United States. Scientists at NASA are using this system to see how much time does it take for the gas to stay in the Earth’s atmosphere and how long does it take for the gas to escape.
NASA has released a video on YouTube showing the documented change and at the end of the video they show a message says “Your planet is changing, we’re on it.’
This is a great service provided by NASA in efforts to fight climate change and provide significant evidence for the people who are still adamant on the fact that climate change is a hoax. President Donald Trump who still believes that there is no such thing as climate change needs to see these changes with his eyes in order to start controlling the carbon emission in his country. China and the United States alone make up for 40% of the carbon emission on the planet and unless an effort is made, we might be heading towards a dangerous future.